A long-term partnership for change in Rwanda
In November, we held a four-day workshop with members of Rwanda’s newly-designated NPM. The training included visits to police stations in Kigali to monitor the implementation of safeguards during the first hours of police custody.
This was the APT’s only in-country activity during COVID-19. We ensured all appropriate health and safety precautions were taken at all times.
We conducted three virtual training sessions with the NPM team prior to the workshop, including an exchange of best practices from other NPMs around the world.
Rwanda’s NPM was officially established within the National Human Rights Commission in July 2020. However, our relationship with the Commission extends back to 2015, when we were invited to support national efforts to implement the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture in Rwanda.
We also conducted training with the Commission in 2018 and 2019 on organisational and planning issues to establish an NPM, as well as on detention monitoring practices.
Practical support for detention monitors
In June, we published a short video on the key principles to monitoring during COVID-19 to accompany our practical guidance for NPMs and oversight bodies.